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PA Official: If Hamas Were to Win Elections, We’d Hand It the Government

The Palestinian Authority’s deputy prime minister said Saturday, January 27, that President Mahmoud Abbas would be willing to hand control over his government to Hamas if the terror group were to win future general elections.

In an interview with Saudi media, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, who also acts as a spokesperson for Abbas, said that the Palestinian people need to find common ground and formulate a unified position and that for the time being, “the address for political decisions is the Palestine Liberation Organization and its President Mahmoud Abbas.”

But after the war, the PA “is ready to hold general elections, and if Hamas wins, the president will hand over the Authority.” The Palestinian Authority has not held general elections since 2006, when Hamas won a majority of the seats in the legislative council, and subsequently staged a violent coup in the Gaza Strip.

Since the outbreak of the war, various PA officials have called for integrating the political wing of Hamas into a future Palestinian government, claiming that it is an essential component of Palestinian society.

Meanwhile, a wartime opinion poll in December found 88 percent of Palestinians saying Abbas must resign. At the same time, 44% in Judea and Samaria said they support Hamas, up from just 12% in September. In Gaza, the terror group enjoys 42% support, up from 38% three months ago. (TOI / VFI News)

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” - 2 Thessalonians 2:3